Re: [NH] [Fwd: [datelinelondon] FYI for folks using Yahoo Groups]
- On Sat, 18 Dec 2004 21:20:47 -0600, Ed Brown <ebrown1927@...> wrote:
>This is *not* something new or updated. Yahoo has been using web
> Just an FYI for all of you using any Yahoo groups:
> For your information ...
> Yahoo is now using something called "Web Beacons" to track Yahoo Group
> users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going -
> similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every group you
> visit. Take a look at their updated privacy statement:
beacons for at least three years (and eGroups did tracking as well
before selling out to Yahoo). But every so often someone who never
knew about it finds out and then does a chicken little forwarding it
to everyone they know. :) I see virtually the exact same thing with
the same text posted about three or four times a year.
Yahoo deserves a pat on the back for being open about their web
beacons *and* for allowing people to opt out as well. Remember that
virtually every site you visit, especially those for companies or
commercial sites selling something will track your every move. Any
site with advertising on it is also tracking your every move. This
has been going on since cookies were invented.
Amazon knows not just every book you've bought but also every book,
kitchen gadget, lawn furniture, etc that you've even just looked at
for two seconds. Ditto for any commercial site, it's how they do
those "you might be interested in..." things. It's how they figure
out what's popular and what sells and what doesn't and they tailor any
changes in their products to that. Yahoo's no different, they want to
know where you go and what you look at so they can tailor their
products - the parts of their website - and get you looking at more
ads and buying their premium services.
For me, I'm not concerned about Yahoo or Amazon or eBay or whoever
tracking me, I'm far more concerned about malicious websites
attempting to install trojans and keystroke loggers on my computer (or
anyone else's). I think it's much more important to use safe secure
browsers, like Mozilla, Firefox, Opera and others and use safe secure
email programs, like Mozilla's mail client or Thunderbird (also from
Mozilla, standalone) or Opera's mail client or others. I'm much
concerned about everyone having up to date antivirus programs on their
computers, having firewall software installed and hardware firewall as
well if possible.
I'm much more concerned that even after Microsoft's much touted SP2
security fix for XP, it still only takes about an hour for a Win XP
SP2 computer to get hacked and then controlled and owned by spammers
and those hacked home computers account for around 60-70% of the
90,000 spams sent to my server every single day while legitimate mail
is only around 10,000 per day or less.
JMHO of course, YMMV. :) And believe me, I'm no Yahoo booster,
generally I think Yahoo has done terrible things to groups and I'm
gradually moving groups I own to GoogleGroups instead. But the web
beacons is nothing unusual and Yahoo does a decent job with informing
users and allowing the opt out so I give (grudging ;)) praise where
praise is due.
Me, Blog/LJ, Links, Whatever:
It's off in the distance.
It came into the room.
It's here in the circle.